Tips on beating the heat

Stay cool and stay healthy.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 8:26 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – With extreme heat expected into the weekend, Rochester and Olmsted County are suggesting some ways to stay cool.

Rochester Public Transit is offering free rides Friday and Saturday. Just tell the bus driver you are taking the free offer for “A Cool Place to Be.”

The pools at Foster Arend, Soldiers Field, and Silver Lake open at noon.

The air conditioned Rochester Public Library will be open starting at 9:30 am Friday and Saturday.

The Ice Rink at the Recreation Center, 21 Elton Hills Drive NW, will also be available.

Suggested way to beat the heat are:
• Use air conditioning or spend time in air-conditioned locations
• Take a cool bath or shower
• Minimize direct exposure to the sun
• Limit your time outdoors, including activities such as sports, lawn mowing, and home improvement projects.
• Take frequent breaks if you must be outside
• Stay hydrated – drink water or nonalcoholic fluids
• Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes
• Check on your neighbors, friends and family members – especially those who are older and /or with health issues

Things to avoid include:
• Leaving children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down, even for a few minutes
• Drinking alcohol
• Eating heavy, hot or hard-to-digest foods

Heat-related illness can produce heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a potential fatal problem. Symptoms of heat stroke include body temperatures above 103°F; red, hot, and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; nausea, confusion and unconsciousness.

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